The Southern Illinois men’s golf team will play in its fourth tournament of the fall season for a Monday-Tuesday tournament when it travels to Duluth, Ga. for the Georgia State Invitational, hosted by Georgia State.
The Salukis took 3rd place at the SIUE’s Derek Dolenc Invitational with a team score of 874 (+22). The SIU was led by Braden Hoisington who finished in 6th place with a score of 213 (E).
The Salukis range will consist of second grade Braden Hoisingtonsecond Carsen SillimanSenior Tom Cleatonjunior Hugo ArcherSenior Marcus Wilhelmsen and freshman Blake Skornia.
Listen to the head coach Justin Fecho
“We’re coming off a short week and we’ve done a good job over the last two days to prepare. I feel like we learn a lot about ourselves every time we play, so I think we have good information to help us in our last event to be better prepared for this upcoming event. We know that we need to continue to be more disciplined and patient as it costs us precious hits throughout the event If we can manage better by making decisions and minimizing big mistakes, we’ll have a great event.”
Designed by Gary Player and Ron Kirby, Berkeley Hills Country Club’s eighteen-hole golf course is playable yet challenging, stretching nearly 6,700 yards from the back tees. It’s fun for the many single-digit golfers at our club and for those just learning the game. With over 50 years of history, the course features mature, tree-lined fairways and rolling terrain. This is a “basic” golf course which means you are not surrounded and playing in front of a multitude of houses like many modern estate courses. The BHCC hosts many major Georgia State Golf Association, Georgia PGA and USGA tournaments, including the championship at Berkeley Hills.
The club has earned a reputation for having some of the purest and smoothest greens in the Atlanta area. Local PGA Tour players like Stewart Cink have been known to train with them ahead of the British Open every year.
The course is a par 72 with a total distance of 6,706 yards.
The 16-team field includes Georgia State, North Alabama. Wright State, Austin Peay, Tennessee Tech, James Madison, Nicholls State, Southern Illinois, Old Dominion, Florida A&M, Valdosta State, Appalachian State, Marshall, Jacksonville State, Lipscomb and Central Michigan.
The 54-hole tournament opens with two rounds on Monday starting at 8:30 a.m. and the final round on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.